London 2012: Sarah Stevenson suffers shock Olympic defeat

Sarah Stevenson. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
Sarah Stevenson. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

“I KNOW my parents would be proud.” Doncaster’s Sarah Stevenson put her shock Olympic exit into perspective just moments after a surprise defeat to Paige McPherson.

Stevenson lost 5-1 in the preliminary round to the American teenager who dominated the three-round contest.

The 29-year-old lost both of her parents last year and then overcame a career threatening knee injury to feature at the Games.

Stevenson, who struggled for any sort of momentum during her fight, said: “I gave it my best shot.

“My aim was to come here and go for it and I felt like I did.

“It’s been a mental fight every single day for the last two years. I know they [my parents] would be proud.

“The injury didn’t affect me,” she added.

“I tried my best but it was not meant to be.”

Stevenson’s hopes of winning a bronze medal play-off ended when McPherson also went out of the competition in the quater finals, losing 6-1 win to Turkey’s Nur Tatar.

The Free Press this week was inundated with good luck messages for Sarah.

Here’s just a few of the messages we received:

Pete Wainer ‏@petewainer Good luck Sarah bring back the gold for Donny. We want a Gold Post Box #doncasterisgreat #Olympic2012

Alan Smith ‏@smig64 good luck Sarah your dedication and determination will get you the Gold, your parents are with you always #TeamGB

Dan Gilbride ‏@DanGilbride Best of luck Sarah. We are all behind you, do it for Donny and GB! All the best. #dfp2012

Peter Evison @peterdrfc Good luck Sarah, do it for your parents but everyone will be proud of you no matter what the outcome is #PrideofDoncaster